The Hilliard Art Museum kicks off the year with an annual in-person Spring Opening Celebration on Friday, February 11 | News

The Hilliard Art Museum kicks off the year with an annual in-person Spring Opening Celebration on Friday, February 11

Ben Hickey, curator of exhibitions at the Hilliard Art Museum, joined News15 virtually at noon to share the latest happenings at the Hilliard Art Museum.

After two years of operating at “minimal occupancy” due to COVID-19, the Hilliard Art Museum-University of Louisiana Lafayette rings in 2022 with an in-person, community-worthy Spring Opening Celebration, including an exciting lineup exhibitions and events.

“The pandemic has had a significant impact on the Hilliard Art Museum,” says museum director LouAnne Greenwald. “As an affiliate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, we are following the same COVID guidelines, which means that for the majority of 2020 and 2021 the museum was operating at minimum capacity. We hope 2022 will be different, and we are beyond excited to once again celebrate arts and culture, side by side, with our members and the community.

The Spring Exhibit Opening Reception will take place on Friday, February 11, 2022. The Members Reception will be from 4-6 p.m. and the event is open to the general public from 6-8 p.m. The Hilliard will also host the 2022 Acadian and Creole Festivals Pin and poster presentation at 6 p.m.

The Spring Exhibition features notable local, regional and national artists, including:

L. Kasimu Harris: Disappearing Black Bars and Lounges

Exhibition dates: February 11, 2022 – July 30, 2022

For several generations, the black-owned bars and lounges on St. Bernard Avenue in New Orleans’ 7th Ward have been mainstays of the community. They were safe spaces to cool off in an otherwise hostile world that allowed for the development of a strong community and many beloved forms of cultural expression. Now, with those salons struggling to stay open and many becoming white property, it’s unclear what will happen to the neighborhood. Photographer L. Kasimu Harris documents these bars and lounges before it’s too late and asks the question, “What happens to culture when it’s displaced?”

Twenty years of the Marais press: the imprint of a campus and a collection

Exhibition dates: September 10, 2021 – August 20, 2022

Featuring works of art donated to the Hilliard Art Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibit is the result of more than 260 collaborations between students and artists in the University of Louisiana Marais Press Service Apprenticeship Program in the Department of Visual Arts. of Lafayette. For the past 20 years, professor, artist and master printmaker Brian Kelly has invited artists to create fine art print editions of their work in collaboration with his students. In this environment, students are exposed to the creative processes of established artists. They also have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of highly technical printing processes such as aquatint, Chine-collé, drypoint, engraving, etching, lithography and others. The Hilliard Art Museum is proud to present this important part of its collection of works on paper.

Talking to Death: An Allegory of Sculpture

Exhibition dates: January 14, 2022 – July 9, 2022

Talking to Death: An Allegory for Sculpture is a multimedia installation by artist Trevor Gould. As Gould’s title suggests, there is much at stake for sculpture in the 21st century as artists turn to genre-nonspecific studio practices. Talking to Death is exemplary in that it is indicative of this general tendency for artists to work in a way that is not easily defined in terms of the media in which they work. For example, this project is made up of many artworks, but they are treated as a block or holistic artwork consisting of highly representative sculptures, loose gestural paintings, and non-objective abstraction. Gould was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and spent most of his career teaching at Concordia University in Montreal.

Museum hours, admission and general information

The Hilliard Art Museum is located at 710 E. Saint Mary Blvd. on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Museum hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm; closed Sunday and Monday. For general information, please visit or call 337-482-2278.

About the Hilliard Museum of Art

Our Museum is a bridge. Our Museum is a catalyst. Our Museum is for everyone. We connect art and education, our university and our community, generations and cultures. The Hilliard Art Museum-University of Louisiana in Lafayette is not just a place to look at art. It is a place where visitors are encouraged to really see art. It is a place of learning, where students draw in the galleries and artists talk about their work. It is a destination for families, where children express their own creativity through hands-on activities. And it is a resource for academic research and observation. Museum experiences develop skills that span all aspects of life. Viewing art fosters dialogue and understanding between individuals, families and our whole community. Art makes life richer. And better. For everyone.

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